Remembering Chadwick Boseman
Updated: Nov 5
After the Passing of Chadwick Boseman. We decided to pay homage to the actor by listing some of his best known roles in Film and TV. Starting us off with his most recognisable King T'Challa aka Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Reggie Porter in All My Children 2003 (Aged 26)
Chadwick's first ever acting role was Reggie Porter in All MY Children. He was unfortunately fired when he felt Reggie's character development was being written to be a negative racial stereotype and tried to convince the writers to adjust the character away from their intended portrayal. This lead to Boseman getting fired and being ironically replaced by Michael B.Jordan who would go on to portray his on screen Cousin and arch enemy Killmonger in Black Panther.
Floyd Little in The Express: The Ernie Davis Story 2008 (Aged 31)
Chadwick Boseman's first ever film role was NFL player Floyd Little in the Biopic film The Express: The Ernie Davis story. This wouldn't be his last biopic either.
Nate Ray in Lincoln Heights 2008-2009 (Aged 31-32)
The next recurring TV Role Chadwick Boseman got was Nate Ray. A former US soldier who served in Iraq and suffered from PTSD. He was the long lost son of Eddie and Dana but was not raised by them.
Sergeant Graham McNair in Persons Unknown 2010 (aged 33)
Chadwick Boseman appeared in the Pilot episode of of Persons Unknown as another US soldier that served in Iraq. This was another main/recurring role for him where his character was one of seven abductees in the first season.
Jackie Robinson in 42 2013 (aged 36)
We said Chadwick Boseman would appear again in a biopic. This time as another African American Athlete and the lead of the film Jackie Robinson the Baseballer.
James Brown in Get On Up 2014 (aged 37)
Another Biopic. Chadwick has a knack for it. Here he portrays Singer James Brown. The GodFather of Soul, Mr.Dynamite and Soul Brother Number 1
Thoth in Gods of Egypt 2016 (Aged 39)
Boseman portrayed the Egyptian Deity Thoth associated with Wisdom, Writing, Hieroglyphics, Science, Magic, Art, Judgement and Death. Chadwick Boseman felt being part of the film was important due to the major Whitewashing controversy of the cast despite the Middle Eastern setting. Unfortunately Ridley Scotts comment about Middle Eastern actors being excluded for films like Exodus, Gods of Egypt and Prince of Persia was due to having names like "mohammed so and so" didn't not help at the time. Chadwick Boseman regretted being involved in the film, feeling that being part of the film didn't actually address the problem was not due to whitewashing but rather discrimination by name against Middle Eastern actors.
Jacob King in Message From The King 2016 (Aged 39)
Chadwick first lead role in an action film portrays him as Jacob King a man from Cape Town South Africa who goes to Los Angeles after his Sister Bianca is in danger.
Thurgood Marshall in Marshall 2017 (Aged 40)
Here is another Biopic from Chadwick Boseman. This time he portrays African American Civil Rights activist and Lawyer Thurgood Marshall who was the first African American to serve as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court of USA. Sterling K.Brown was his costar in this film and they would later reappear as Uncle and Nephew in Black Panther albeit they don't share any scenes together.
Andre Davis in 21 Bridges 2019 (Aged 41)
While suffering from cancer did not slow down Chadwick into his next action lead role after Marvel and BlackPanther Films. Here he plays Andre Davis a detective who has to find a pair of cop killers in Manhattan after locking off 21 bridges (hence the name of the film).
Stormin Norman Earl Holloway in Da 5 Bloods 2020 (Aged 42)
Chadwick portrays a leader of a group of Black American Soldiers all who were Vietnam War Veterans. However unlike his other roles. He bites the dust in the start.
Prince/King T'Challa aka the Black Panther in Captain America Civil War 2016, Black Panther 2018, Infinity War 2018 and Endgame 2019. (Aged 39-43)
Finally his best known role as the King of Wakanda, the Black Panther.